And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.
The sweetness of the apple makes up for the bitterness of the root, the hope of gain makes pleasant the perils of the sea, the expectation of health mitigates the nauseousness of medicine. He who desires the kernel, breaks the nut so he who desires the joy of a holy conscience, swallows down the bitterness of penance.
(Scholiast in Jerome.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.